Ulster trio on the mark as England cruise to success
England got their European Championship campaign off to a winning start by crushing Russia 10-1 last night - and the three Ulstermen in their ranks each scored a goal.
England are hosting the tournament and they showed no mercy against the lowest ranked team in front of a capacity crowd at the Lee Valley venue in London.
They were six up by half-time and reached double figures with ease, and coach Bobby Crutchley was delighted that nine of the goals came from open play.
The three Ulstermen played key roles, and Iain Lewers drove into the circle to hammer home the fifth goal and in the second half David Ames and Mark Gleghorne also contributed.
Gleghorne's goal came from a penalty corner, the only one converted from the six England won.
It was David Condon, though, who proved to be the most prolific, scoring a hat-trick against the sluggish Russian defence.
Skipper Barry Middleton opened the scoring and Chris Griffith, Nick Catlin and Sam Ward completed the rout to put England top of Pool A ahead of the Netherlands, who beat Spain 2-0.
Ireland start their Pool B programme this morning against France and a win would be a good springboard.